She’s setting the record straight! Lili Reinhart has responded to rumors that she was rude on set after a TikToker claimed that the actress had a “no eye contact rule” while she was filming Riverdale. In a new viral video, the social media user shared a news article that claimed Kylie Jenner didn’t let her workers look her in the eye, and accused Reinhart of doing the same thing.
“As someone who worked on film sets, this is true for any celebrity,” they explained. “You’re not allowed to look at them. I’m not going to name names — but one of them rhymes with Billy Beinhart.”
Yikes. Everyone was quick to assume that they were talking about Reinhart in the video — we mean, who else’s name rhymes with “Billy Beinhart?” But the star was not here for their claims. She quickly addressed the video on her Instagram Stories, and she denied the accusations.
“Not sure what you think you’re gaining by spreading false information. Check yourself,” she wrote. “You all know by now that I have to stand up for myself when I see s**t like that. Can’t stand it.”
This Isn’t The First Time Lili Reinhart Addressed Her Haters
It turns out, this isn’t the first time that the blonde beauty has spoken out against her haters. Back in February 2020, she clapped back at a Twitter user who slammed Riverdale for creating “unrealistic body expectations.”
“Don’t you think TV shows like this aimed at teenagers are contributing to unrealistic body expectations [and] body image issues?” the fan asked her.
“Actually, not everyone on this show is perfectly chiseled. And even I feel intimidated by the physique of my surrounding cast mates sometimes when I have to do bra/underwear scenes,” Reinhart fired back. “I’ve felt very insecure due to the expectation that people have for women on TV, what they should look like. But I have come to terms with my body and that I’m not the kind of person you would see walking on a runway during fashion week. I have bigger boobs, I have cellulite on my thighs/butt, and my stomach sticks out rather than curves in.”
The 24-year-old even admitted to struggling with her own body image on set.
“And it doesn’t help when I’m being compared to other women. I have gained weight due to depression the last two months and I’ve felt very insecure about it,” she added. “But I did a recent bra and underwear scene and felt it was my obligation to be strong and show confidence in myself, looking as I do. And I want other young women to see my body on TV and feel comfort in the fact that I’m not a size zero. And I’m not a perfect hourglass shape. This industry struggles with accurate representation of female and male bodies. So I commend the women who have helped our industry take a step in the right ~and authentic~ direction.”
In September 2020, Reihart was forced to clear the air online once again, after she claimed that being on set of Riverdale felt like a “prison.” At the time, she had just returned to work after spending a few months at home due to the coronavirus lockdown. She told Nylon, “I genuinely feel like a prisoner, going back to work, because I cannot leave Canada. That doesn’t feel good. You can’t go home for Thanksgiving, can’t visit your family. No one can come visit you unless they quarantine for two weeks. It just feels f**ked. I’m very lucky, but it’s like, ‘I need to keep going. I need to keep going.’”
But when she started to get hate online for her comments, she explained that her words were actually taken out of context.
“Love it when my words are taken out of context YET AGAIN. I’m not complaining about going back to work, I’m incredibly grateful to have a job. I’m sad that I can’t see my family for months on end due to travel restrictions. FFS, leave me alone,” she explained on Twitter. “No wonder people think I’m this pissed off girl all the time. I annoy myself having to speak up about this.”
She’s Not The Only Star Who Has Been Accused Of Doing This
Over the years, many other stars have been accused of not letting people look them in the eye — including Lea Michele. Imia Edwards, who worked on the show Glee with her in 2012, told The Sun that she heard “multiple” people say that the actress called the extras “cockroaches” behind-the-scenes and didn’t allow them to make eye contact with her.
“I’ve never really seen anyone treat extras like that, to that level of, ‘Ugh, don’t look at me, don’t make eye contact, ugh cockroaches, there they are.’ Dude, we’re still coworkers, we’re still people, all trying to get this episode done as a group,” she revealed. “I think I was even on a different show and someone was like, ‘Oh, you know Lea’s a b***h, right? She calls the extras cockroaches.”
She also claimed that the Scream Queens star burped in her face and stepped on her foot and didn’t apologize.
“During one of the takes she walked really close to me and made this loud burp almost right in my face as she was passing by,” she said. “She didn’t say ‘Excuse me’ or even acknowledge my presence. No eye contact, nothing. The other extras saw and a crew member as well. He reacted, ‘Wow, so sorry she did that.’”
Ellen DeGeneres was also accused of having this rule on the set of her show, but she denied these claims.
“I don’t know where it started,” the 62-year-old said. “Please talk to me. Look me in the eye. It’s crazy, just not true, I don’t know how it started. [It’s] not who I am.”
According to the Smoking Gun, Katy Perry’s contract states that her driver isn’t supposed to look at her in the rear-view mirror. Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jordan, Nicole Kidman, Tori Spelling, Luke Perry and more have also been accused of not allowed people to look them in the eyes over the years.